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2023 Awardees

Annual Symposium

Karen Joy
PhD Student
Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information
  • Podium Abstract: Experiences and Perceptions of Distinct Telehealth Delivery Models for Remote Patient Monitoring among Older Adults in the Community

I am a 2nd year Ph.D. student at Rutgers University. My Research right now is focused on healthcare informatics and intervenes heavily with how people find, interact, and perceive healthcare technology. My research also strenuously focuses on how humans behave and interact with the healthcare information they find through online channels, inter support social networks (such as Reddit or Facebook), etc. Participating in AMIA AS23 is going to accelerate my viewpoints in kaleidoscopic directions as I will be in a room full of the best scholars, doctors, and health care professionals in the world. This experience will not only assist my career but also help me decide the paths I will be taking during and after my Ph.D.

Inyoung Jun
PhD Student
University of Florida
  • Peer-reviewed Poster: Optimization of sequential antibiotic treatment for invasive MRSA infections using real world data and causal g-formula

As I am in the final year of my academic program and entering the job market, participating in AMIA AS23 is more crucial than ever. The annual symposium stands as the largest bioinformatics conference of the year, providing unparalleled opportunities for learning and networking. Engaging with leading experts and scholars at this stage will not only deepen my understanding but also offer invaluable connections that can guide my imminent career transition. Significantly, this will be my last opportunity to participate as a student, making it a pivotal juncture in both my academic and professional journeys.

Jeanne Powell
PhD Student
Emory University, Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience Program and Biomedical Informatics Department
  • Poster: Classification of Fall Types in Parkinson Disease From Self-report Data Using Natural Language Processing

Participating in AMIA AS23 is crucial for my career development, particularly as I approach my anticipated graduation in May 2024. I switched fields from behavioral and systems neuroscience to biomedical informatics in August 2022, and I have had limited time to build connections in this field. This event offers a vital opportunity to network for post-graduation job prospects. Additionally, as a largely self-taught individual in computer science, I'm eager to learn about cutting-edge techniques and to attend workshops like the Leveraging Generative AI in Biomedical Informatics workshop. These and other sessions at AMIA AS23 hold promise to enhance my skills and improve my readiness for a successful career in biomedical informatics.

Ruba Sajdeya
PhD Student
University of Florida
  • Poster: Development and validation of a natural language processing algorithm for extracting preoperative cannabis use status information from unstructured narrative clinical notes
  • Poster: Preoperative cannabis use status ascertainment using natural language processing methods and coded data

I have two accepted abstract presentations for my NLP work. Being able to attend and present/share this work with AMIA's community will help me disseminate my work, receive feedback from top experts in the field, learn about other ongoing works in clinical informatics, and expand my professional network.

Kiana Tavakoli
MD Research Fellow
Shiley Eye Institute
  • Poster: Standards for Ophthalmology Trauma and Infection Concept Coverage

Attending is crucial as I hail from a developing country where bioinformatics is novel. This knowledge is pivotal for its progress there. With a passion for this field, I aspire to enhance my expertise and integrate it with medicine. Additionally, networking at the event would allow me to connect with peers and experts, fostering collaboration and growth

Brittany Taylor
PhD Candidate
Columbia University School of Nursing
  • Panel: The Unique Privacy Challenges for Vulnerable Pediatric Populations, Including Sexual and Gender Minorities, Adolescents in Foster Care, Unaccompanied and Undocumented Minors, and Victims of Child
  • Podium Abstract: Documentation of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Electronic Health Records

The Annual Symposium will be my first time presenting something other than a poster. With a podium and panel presentation, I am hoping to improve my oral speaking skills. In addition, writing the abstracts for these presentations helped to improve my writing skills. I hope to continue to advance these skills and submit a full paper for the next Annual Symposium.

Christian Tejeda
Graduate Student
Brown University School of Public Health
  • Podium Abstract: Development and Usability Testing of an Exercise-Based Primary Care Fall Prevention Clinical Decision Support Tool
  • Poster: A Care Transitions Application to Improve Health Outcomes for Hospitalized Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions: Defining End-User Needs

Participating in the AMIA AS23 will provide me with an incredible opportunity to grow professionally as a young medical informatics professional with aspirations to become a leader in transforming our healthcare system using health information technology. With its multitude of inspirational speakers, sessions, and exhibitions, AMIA AS23 will help me learn about innovations in the field of informatics, potential career paths, and skills I need to nurture to be successful in my future career. I am particularly passionate about health equity and the potential for informatics to reduce disparities in care access and quality, and I believe networking and learning from industry leaders will assist me in solidifying my vision and finding a mentor.

Kimia Zandbiglari
PhD Student
University of Florida, Department of Outcomes & Policy Department
  • Poster: Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing Methods for Characterizing Pediatric Falls Events
  • Poster: Development and validation of a natural language processing algorithm for extracting preoperative cannabis use status information from unstructured narrative clinical notes
  • Poster: Preoperative cannabis use status ascertainment using natural language processing methods and coded data

Participating in AMIA AS23 is vital for me because even though I come from a non-health background, I deliberately shifted to health because I recognize the immense potential of AI in healthcare. This field offers opportunities to enhance patient outcomes and develop algorithms that predict and improve hospital processes. My choice of pursuing a PhD in this field reflects my desire for deeper knowledge.


Clinical Informatics Conference

Derek Shu
Medical Student
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine MD Program

Podium presentation: System Demonstration of a Clinical Workflow Analysis Tool (CWAT)

As I sit at the crossroads between medical school and emergency medicine residency, I am increasingly seeking opportunities to incorporate the practice of clinical informatics into my future career. An opportunity to participate in the CIC 2023 will help me to network with physicians and researchers from all over the country who have taken this pathway. Additionally, I am eager to actively participate in the workshops, lectures, and poster sessions to learn about what those at the forefront of clinical informatics are thinking and studying. It is my hope that some of the connections I make at this conference will become mentors and research collaborators in the near and far future. I know this conference will help me enter residency with ideas and direction on how to pursue clinical informatics in this next season of medical training.


Anindita Rajamani
Undergraduate Student
University of Minnesota Computer Science

Peer-reviewed poster: Application of Gradient Boosted Decision Trees for Understanding Predictive Factors of Depression

I am very grateful that my first ever poster was accepted to the AMIA Clinical Informatics Conference! I am eager to share my project to both showcase my results, as well as discuss and receive feedback about my conclusions with informatics experts. With this being my first poster, I am certain that attending and presenting at this conference will be incredibly helpful in familiarizing me with such settings and beginning my career. I am passionate about informatics, particularly in relation to mental health, and have plans to continue pursuing research in this area, including through a prestigious Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at Vanderbilt University this summer. This conference would be an invaluable opportunity for me to network with esteemed scholars in the field, attend educational workshops, and obtain a greater understanding of how informatics can be used in my career as a Computer Scientist with health-focused interests.


Alexander Chang, BA, BS
MD-PhD student
University of Pittsburgh – Carnegie Mellon University

Ignite-styled talk: Designing Clinical Trials to Improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): A Machine Learning Approach to Evaluate Clinical Trial Criteria

As a computational biology Ph.D. student, participating in the AMIA CIC23 is of great importance to my career development, as it provides a unique opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in clinical informatics and connect with professionals working at the intersection of computational and clinical medicine. Attending this conference will enable me to gain insights into the challenges and opportunities in integrating these two spheres of medicine and better understand how my skills and knowledge can contribute to this emerging field. Moreover, networking with experts and peers at the conference will facilitate potential collaborations and help me develop a robust professional network that supports my long-term goal of bridging the gap between computational and clinical medicine.


Lu He, BS
PhD Candidate
University of California Irvine

Podium abstract: Disparities in Telehealth Experiences during the COVID-19 Pandemic at an Academic Medical Center

As a PhD student in my final year and transitioning to a faculty position in Fall 2023, participating in the AMIA CIC23 will enable me to network with scholars who are similar stages and explore collaboration opportunities that will facilitate a smooth transition from student to faculty.


Brian Douthit, PhD, RN-BC
Post-Doctoral Fellow in Medical Informatics & Quality Improvement
United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Poster presentation: Preventing Falls: Assessing Nursing Documentation Patterns and Outcomes

The AMIA CIC23 conference is important for me to attend because of the nature of my work. While I have transitioned from bedside nursing to a PhD-prepared nurse scientist, I still find much of my work is applied and aligns with the goals of clinical informaticians. Attending this conference would allow me to network, collaborate, and learn from informaticians that I would not otherwise meet during more academic-focused conferences and meetings.


Navpreet Kamboj, RN, MScN, PhD
PhD Candidate
University of Toronto, Canada

Poster presentation: Blood pressure prediction to assist nurses' decision-making about nitroglycerin infusion dose titration in critical care units: a multi-centre retrospective study

My PhD research aims to develop a clinical decision support system to help administer and manage patients on nitroglycerin, and a component of my research includes designing this system. The conference content aligns well with my research, such as discussions on improving usability, ease of use, and user acceptance of informatics tools and technology. There currently needs to be more opportunities for nurses to develop informatics tools and technology. Therefore, participating in this conference would expand my knowledge on this topic, which I can apply to my research.


Informatics Summit

Marco Florian Aigner, BSc
Graduate Student Medical Informatics M.Sc.
University of Heidelberg & University of Applied Sciences Heilbronn

I am happy to state that our submission including results of our systematic review of reviews on mobile apps for COVID 19 got accepted for presentation at AMIA Informatics Summit 2023. I am especially proud since I am the first author of said student poster and since this is my very first public academic contribution and my very first time to participate in an academic conference. I am confident that presenting at AMIA will strongly enhance my CV.

I will be presenting Apps for COVID 19: Preliminary Results of a Systematic Review of Reviews

Khuder Alaboud, PhD
Doctoral Student
University of Missouri-Columbia (MU)

I have been an AMIA student member since 2021. I participated in AMIA Annual Symposium for Student Design Challenge in 2021, and our team was selected as Top-5 in the competition. In addition, I presented a paper at AMIA Annual Informatics Summit 2022, and a poster presentation at AMIA Annual Symposium 2022. I am also a member of AMIA student working group.

My participation at AMIA meetings gives me an opportunity to present research and receive valuable feedback from experts in the field. At the same time, AMIA platform is a learning opportunity that enables me to expand my knowledge in health informatics and gain exposure to new perspectives on healthcare challenges. My other goal is to interact and connect with researchers to build a network of collaboration, which can play an essential role in my professional development.

I will be presenting a poster titled, "Evaluating the Relationship Between Antidepressants and Body Weight Gain Using Real-world EHR Data."

Elizabeth Campbell, MS, MSPH, PHD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Columbia University Department of Biomedical Informatics

Participating with AMIA has been a cornerstone of my time as a biomedical informatics trainee (first as a PhD student and now as a postdoc). I first interacted with AMIA when I had a podium abstract, " Pediatric Obesity Subgroups from Electronic Health Record Data" accepted for presentation at the 2020 AMIA Informatics Summit. I attended and made another podium presentation at the 2021 AMIA Annual Symposium, entitled "Classifier Performance Disparities by Demographic Subgroup." Finally, I attended the 2022 AMIA Annual Symposium as a student participant, and I joined the Global Health Informatics working group.

As an early-career investigator, I am grateful for the opportunity to share my work with the wide audience of medical informatics professionals who attend the Informatics Summit. Being able to participate in the AMIA Informatics Summit allows me to practice communicating my research, and to present my work in an emerging area of medical informatics research (fairness and bias in machine learning. Finally, attending the AMIA Informatics Summit would assist in my career development as I would be able to learn from other conference presenters and build new professional relationships with other attendees.

I have an accepted podium presentation, entitled "Demographic Composition of Population Subgroups with High Feature Importance Characteristics in a Machine Learning Study." It will be presented in S17, "New Gemstones from Data Mining."

Chi Ching Vivian Hui, RN, BSN, PhD
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Nursing, Centre for Smart Health Hung Hom
Hong Kong

I have participated in AMIA annual symposium and informatics summit since 2019. I joined the nursing informatics group in AMIA and attended workshops related to natural language processing, clinical informatics and nursing informatics. I am the social media ambassador for your informatics podcast in AMIA and attended the monthly meetings.

Participating in the AMIA informatics summit allows me to broaden my horizons to the latest development and research in the medical informatics field. As an early-career researcher, I would like to explore collaborators and potential Ph.D. or graduate students for my upcoming research projects. I would like to build my international team and advocate nursing/ public health informatics development in Hong Kong and Asia. I am also teaching artificial intelligence and data analytics in healthcare for my institution, I would like to cite some examples from what I learned in the upcoming Informatics Summit. I also have some potential students who would like to be involved in AMIA in the future. Participating in AMIA allows me to bring some driven students to international conferences and have intellectual discussions in the field.

Poster: Association between linguistic features and help-seeking among women with intimate partner violence in online health communities (OHCs)

Cerag Oguztuzun, PhD
Doctoral Student
Case Western Reserve University

By attending the AMIA Informatics Summit, I will have the opportunity to network with industry professionals I aspire to become, as well as students like myself. In addition, I will understand how clinical data science is applied in the real world and learn new approaches in bioinformatics.
I am presenting the paper named 'Characterizing Disparities in the Treatment of Intimate Partner Violence' has been accepted to be presented in the session with code 2326.

Xianghao Zhan, PhD
Doctoral Candidate
Stanford University

This is my first year interacting with AMIA. I have a paper now under review for JAMIA in which I was the co-corresponding author. I have an abstract accepted as a podium presentation at AMIA Informatics Summit 2023.

The AMIA Informatics Summit provides the researchers with a great platform to share the research work and recognizes those preeminent researchers in the field of medical informatics for their mission, action and devotion, and it enables us to explore the broad research world via the communication with colleagues to potentially unleash the unbridled exchange of sharp ideas and innovations. If I manage to participate in the AMIA Informatics Summit and present my work in the podium presentation, it absolutely will be a milestone on my career path which tells me that my past contribution to the life-saving course for the human being, my efforts to tackle on the hardship in biomedical informatics. Furthermore, the experience serves as the motivation for me to start another journey on my medical informatics research work. With this motivation and encouragement, I will dedicate myself to delve into the multimodal biomedical data fusion.

My podium presentation is AI-based filter of drug-induced liver injury publications with natural language processing.

2022 Awardees

Marco Barbero Mota, BSc, MRes
Master's Student in Biomedical Informatics
Vanderbilt University
Bradley Carlson, BS
Master's Student in Biomedical Informatics and MD (Dual degree program)
University of Chicago
9/18/19 School of Nursing faculty and staff headshots
Youmin Cho, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC
PhD Student
University of Michigan
Vince Hartman
Master's Student
Cornell Tech
Humayera Islam, MS
Doctoral Student
University of Missouri-Columbia
Nishant Jain, MS, MHA
Doctoral Candidate
University of Missouri-Columbia MU Institute of Data Science & Informatics (MUIDSI)
Jane Jarshaw
Medical Student
University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine
Sebastien Kiogou, MS
Doctoral Candidate
University of Minnesota Institute for Health Informatics
Fuchen Li
Research Assistant
Vanderbilt University
Kevin Patel, MD
Neonatology Fellow
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Jacqueline Penn
Doctoral Candidate
Thomas Jefferson University - Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Malvika Pillai
PhD Student
UNC Carolina Health Informatics Program
Venkata Pragada, BDS, MS
Master of Science Student in Biomedical Informatics
Arizona State University
Olabode Ogundele
PhD Student
University of Missouri-Columbia, Institute of Data Science and Informatics
Sayantani Sarkar
Postdoctoral Scholar
University of California, Davis
Shanshan Song
PhD Student
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Health Sciences Informatics
Aaron Tierney, BA
Health Policy PhD Candidate, Organizations and Management Track
UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Mengying Yan, BS, MS
PhD Candidate
Duke University
Yonah Ziemba, MD
Fellow Physician
Northwell Health

2021 Awardees

Lisa Dirks, MS, MLIS
Graduate Research Assistant
University of Washington Information School
Bradley Iott, MPH
Doctoral Candidate in Information Science & Health Services Organization
University of Michigan, School of Public Health
Grace Y.E. Kim, MS
Masters Candidate in Computer Science
Stanford University
Patrick Lawrence
Doctoral Candidate in Biomedical Informatics
The Ohio State University
Siru (Ashley) Liu, PhD
Vanderbilt University
Sabrina Mangal, RN, PhD
Post-Doctoral Associate
Weill Cornell Medicine
Geetanjali Rajamani
Doctoral Candidate in Medicine
University of Minnesota Medical School


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